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Saturday, August 9, 2014

With No Timetable, The U.S. "Sustains" Iraqi Bombing

You knew this was coming -- Phase two of the refugee assistance for Iraqis after the first U.S. bombing runs now rings with a reverberant war phrase: "sustained military involvement." 

One round of attacks with fighter jet attacks and drones dropping laser-guided bombs is only the beginning. Where does it end? The President has not addressed a commitment to the depth and the duration of the recent U.S. involvement in Iraq.

Here is the latest Fox News report:

"President Obama braced Americans on Saturday for a sustained military involvement in Iraq, saying the United States is prepared to continue with air strikes to protect U.S. diplomats and citizens and others under attack from the ISIS terror group.

"I don't think we’re going to solve this problem in weeks," the president said on the South Lawn of the White House.

"However, Obama, who departed after the speech for a one-week family vacation on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, gave no specific timetable for his plan." 

 ("Obama Says Iraq Situation Will Take More Than 
'Weeks' to Solve." Fox News. August 9, 2014)

Obama says, "Even as we continue to deal with the immediate situation, we seek a broader solution." But his critics like Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, warn a policy of containment won't work and claim his approach is too narrow.

The Islamic militants are "inherently expansionist and must be stopped," the senators said. "The longer we wait to act, the worse this threat will become."

Pentagon spokesman Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby told the American people the following is the extent of the recent military involvement:
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